Upon closer examination, many coaches on the list are considered to be among the best in the game. For example, Nick Saban has several national championships under his belt. The same holds true for Urban Meyer. Maybe that explains why they are 1 - 2 on the list.
Conversely, coaches such as Bob Stoops and Kevin Sumlin are on the hot seat heading into the 2015 season. They are earning big money and have achieved success in the past, but their respective school, fans, and boosters are hoping for more wins.
Regardless of what happens on the field this season, the 10 coaches above will be compensated nicely.